Sunday, June 01, 2008

"Dance, Sensuality & Culture" Set for June 11

BISBEE, AZ – Dr. Adair Landborn, Executive Manager of Cross-Cultural Dance Resources at Arizona State University, will present a lecture and demonstration on “Dance, Sensuality, and Culture” at the Copper Queen Library on June 11 at 6:30pm.

Dr. Landborn is a performer, educator, choreographer, and scholar specializing in Spanish flamenco and American modern dance. A certified movement analyst, she holds advanced degrees in dance, including an interdisciplinary doctorate in the anthropology of dance and somatic studies. Her lecture demonstrations illuminate how elements of human culture are embodied through dance.

Beneath every human culture, there exists an underpinning of unconscious cultural knowledge and sensual experience that emerges through its dances. The sensual living experiences, the values celebrated within a culture, and the communal and personal needs unique to each culture find expression through the reiteration of rhythmic movement patterns known as ‘dance.’

The qualities most intrinsic to a world dance form are often taken for granted by the people of that culture; some performers may never verbally articulate the values that motivate their movements. Dance scholars agree: dance is not a universal language. Rather, like language, dance is a human universal and many relationships exist between its variant forms.

This presentation attempts to decode the human significance of world dance form and explores cultures through cross-cultural dance experiences.

This program is sponsored by the City of Bisbee and the Friends of the Copper Queen Library and is free and open to the public.

For further information, contact the library at 432-4232.